Dutch Hill Winter Recreation Area
Address: 901 VT Route 100, Readsboro, Vermont. The large parking area is at the height of land 1.3 miles south (towards MA) from the intersection of Route 8 and 100 at Heartwellville, and 6.6 miles north of the Massachusetts border.
Backcountry skiers should use the uptrack route to access the downhill ski runs opened for winter 2018 (those with waxless skis can often climb the uptrack without skins). Yankee Doodle is an advanced trail due to its many trees and a steep, sharp corner at Connector. Use Connector to avoid the steepest part. The former T-bar Lift Line is steep, narrow, and for experts only. It requires good snow cover, as does the advanced glade off Yankee. The gentle, wide-open Dutch Meadows slope is a great place for beginner skiers to practice their turns, while the upper Dyke is more advanced. Other trails and terrain are open to exploration, though no clearing has been done.
For cross-country skiing, the uptrack route and the legal trail (an old town road that once led to settlements on Dutch Hill) provide the best opportunities for intermediate and advanced cross-country skiers. You may encounter snowmobiles on the legal trail. Other routes may prove challenging for those on lighter weight cross-country ski equipment.
Snowshoers are welcome at Dutch Hill. We recommend using the uptrack route to the summit vista, a journey of just under two miles round-trip. Where possible, please try to keep to the side of the trails and avoid walking on ski tracks. This helps to create more enjoyable and potentially safer conditions for skiers, especially beginners.
Maps of Dutch Hill can be found on DHASH's website.
Entrances to Meadows Extension, Connector, Yankee Doodle, and Lift Line are marked with blue and yellow flags. Meadows Extension is marked with blue flags. Otherwise, trails are not yet marked nor signed! It's DIY for Winter 2018.
Please consider reserving the downhill ski runs for just that…downhill skiing. This will provide a more enjoyable experience for skiers, and a safer experience for everyone. Thanks!
Ski the trees, save the forest. No vegetation cutting in this area. The future of additional access opportunities relies on you. Respect public and private lands: no cutting.
Cell service is limited in the area. In an emergency, call 911. You may need to go to the top of the hill, or back down and south on Route 100 towards Massachusetts, to get service.
The Dutch Hill Recreation area is a partnership between the Dutch Hill Alliance of Skiers and Hikers (DHASH) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Green Mountain National Forest. Beginning in 2017, DHASH and USFS have been working to create opportunities for backcountry skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts on lands of the former Dutch Hill Ski Area. The ski area operated from 1944 to 1985 and is now part of the Green Mountain National Forest.
Dutch Hill Alliance of Skiers and Hikers
497 Tunnel St
Readsboro, VT 05350
Forest Service Recreation Staff: Manchester Ranger District
2538 Depot Street (Rte 11/30)
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Phone: (802) 362-2307
Check for nearby geocaches to Dutch Hill Winter Recreation Area.
Leave No Trace Principle
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for extreme weather. Bring rain/wind gear, warm clothing, and matches/fire starters.